UT’s Senate of College Councils will vote on a new honor code this week

Bobby Blanchard

The Senate of College Councils will vote on a new honor code for the University at its meeting Thursday night.

If the vote passes, the new honor code would say: “As a student of the University of Texas at Austin, I shall abide by the core values of the University and uphold academic integrity.”

Michael Morton, journalism senior and president of the organization, said he thinks the Senate is ready to vote to approve the honor code. At its last meeting two weeks ago, legislation to approve the honor code was tabled.

“It has been a long process, of which I am extremely proud of the councils for getting involved, taking this seriously and giving us as much feedback as possible,” Morton said.  “Some people might consider the amount of work as a hindrance but I see it as the process working and representation actually happening.”

Morton said the college councils have been actively involved in the legislation. The honor code has gone through a few revisions, he said.

“We’ve gone a couple of different directions, but we’re in a place where I believe students will be happy with the honor code,” Morton said.

Currently, UT’s honor code says: “The core values of The University of Texas at Austin are learning, discovery, freedom, leadership, individual opportunity and responsibility. Each member of the University is expected to uphold these values through integrity, honesty, trust, fairness and respect toward peers and community.” It was created in 2004.

“It is a very broad and vague statement more than it is an honor code,” Morton said, referring to the current honor code.

If the Senate passes the honor code, it will go to President William Powers Jr. for approval.